I have especially enjoyed the microcomputer course unit as this gives the first real taste of what it’s like to design and manufacture an electronics based product.
Stepping off the bus on my first visit to the University of Manchester, I knew it was the right place for me. I already knew of its strong academic reputation and had heard brilliant things about it from friends already here. I
loved the buzz of the city and with the University so close to the centre I knew that I wasn’t going to get bored easily.
Having a strong background in maths and physics, and knowing that I’d always been drawn to control systems and electronics in general; taking Mechatronic Engineering was the logical choice for me.
Coming from a relatively rural part of England, Manchester certainly makes for a big change! Admittedly I was somewhat daunted at the prospect of moving. Knowing that the University was so big, I was initially unsure whether I’d be able to find my place with so many people, but I very quickly met some amazing friends who made settling in a breeze.
The course teaches both academic and practical skills. In the very first semester we design PCB layouts and learn how to solder. At the same time we work on a shared project which also helps to build communication skills. This style of learning is beneficial as you quickly learn real skills which will be useful in industry.
In the first year, I have especially enjoyed the microcomputer course unit as this gives the first real taste of what it’s like to design and manufacture an electronics based product.
At the University there are plenty of societies that you can get involved with, covering such a wide variety of interests, meaning that time outside of studying can still be put to good use! The electronics club in particular provides an excellent framework for anyone who would like to get involved in additional electronics projects. It provides an opportunity to speak with experienced staff and other students to gain guidance on any technical issues. The fact that Manchester is such a well-established university means that there are many diverse options for extra-curricular activities—even outside electronics.
My advice to anybody applying to this course would be to truly throw yourself into it, and indeed university life as a whole, because starting at university is such a big opportunity to take advantage of.